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Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:28:18 pm »
Being winter, with too much time on my hands, I ordered the ball bearing shifter kit from Murph's. I had to wait a few days, until the outside temp raised a few points, to try it out. Have to say, I am impressed. It is surprising  how a little thing like that can make your whole bike feel better. The shifts are so smooth and precise. Makes the bike feel like it's built like a Swiss watch. The kit is inexpensive, easy to install, and really does some good. What's not to like?

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2018, 03:09:13 pm »
Yep, one more thing to do to the motorcycle. When you get to the bearinged shifter mod, it’s an indicator that you are running out of things to add. At least I hope so!
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2018, 07:45:00 pm »
It is one of those mods you dont think you need until you install it and then you think, I should have done that sooner.
 
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2018, 08:36:10 pm »
I agree. Nice feel for sure and worth it!! The OEM plastic sleeve that came with my bike lasted about 30,000 miles and was falling apart.....probably due to me not lubing it more than once.
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 03:16:34 pm »
It is one of those mods you dont think you need until you install it and then you think, I should have done that sooner.
 
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2018, 01:45:56 pm »
I'm going to get one also per your recommendations.   Just thinking how many times you use the shifter on an average ride.   Thanks.

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2018, 02:10:11 pm »
I am sure that the difference experienced will be unique to each bike, due to mileage and other factors. It is nice to experience such smooth shifts, every time.

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2018, 07:40:03 pm »
I have it too... It's an amazing bang for the buck! Such a small mod, such a great return!

Way to go Murph!
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2018, 08:35:16 pm »
Oh terrific.  now I have TWO bikes to upgrade!   :c002:

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2018, 01:14:16 am »
Oh terrific.  now I have TWO bikes to upgrade!   :c002:

I guess you'd better get started... :nananana:

Wait!  You bought two C-14s...?
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2018, 01:18:36 am »
Ever wonder if Murph sits around and contemplates.....why the heck did I get 116 orders for bearing shifters in one day?   ::) :rotflmao:
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2018, 02:14:48 am »
Ever wonder if Murph sits around and contemplates.....why the heck did I get 116 orders for bearing shifters in one day?   ::) :rotflmao:
No, because Buzzard is a sock puppet account of Murph and he’s laughing all the way to the bank.  :))
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2018, 03:47:04 pm »
Nope, Buzzard is an old curmudgeon residing in the frigid valleys of Western Colorado. I do not endorse products often. But the combination of inexpensive, easy to install, and great results deserve a write up. While I am at it, let me say this. As an ageing motorcyclist, I have been on a program to buy a bike I've always wanted, use it a year or so, sell it, and get another bike I've always wanted. This Concours has completely screwed that program up. I like the Concours so much, I cannot think of another bike I would wish to replace it with. So I keep on riding it. I do have a couple of other bikes, off road varieties, and I am always shopping.

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2018, 04:51:30 pm »
Ever wonder if Murph sits around and contemplates.....why the heck did I get 116 orders for bearing shifters in one day?   ::) :rotflmao:
No, because Buzzard is a sock puppet account of Murph and he’s laughing all the way to the bank.  :))

 :)) Being one of those 116 I got a chuckle. I have contemplated this mod for a while. 6 weeks out of having both knees replaced the Ortho said "you are waaay ahead of schedule. 125 degrees of motion both sides I may clear you for work."  I said I saw 18 patients yesterday so you are a minute late to the game. Still got work to do to get to riding shape and till I am comfy with the bike but in the meantime I think I will get a few of these projects done. Still January so I got time.

Thought about just buying the whole shift lever but reading here I just got the basic kit and will figure it out.

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2018, 09:17:39 pm »
I guess I'm one of the 116 too.
Going thru cataract surgery and couldn't ride.
I saw someone post about the shifter bearings, and thought I needed 1 too.
Ordered and installed mine about 2 weeks ago.

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2018, 11:51:16 pm »
Me too, and no, not that way...

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2018, 02:50:13 am »
What no pictures of this posted.

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2018, 02:34:59 pm »
https://www.murphskits.com/product_info.php?products_id=463

Hope this takes you right to the shifter. if not, do a search in Murph's site.

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2018, 09:33:11 am »
Forgot about this lil inexpensive mod til I saw the post. Ordered, got in 2 days and installed in 30 minutes. More positive upshifts especially clutchless! 👍
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2018, 05:11:16 pm »
Hello all! I just got the kit and i'm looking forward to installing. I read their instructions and it only mentions putting a washer between a bearing and bracket. a washer needs to go behind the bolt as well,no?

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2018, 11:32:30 pm »
All the washers, and bearing's are used.
  Bolt/thin washer/bearing/spacer/bearing/spacer/bearing/thin washer....

Be sure to Loctite the bearings in place..

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2018, 02:15:42 am »
All the washers, and bearing's are used.
  Bolt/thin washer/bearing/spacer/bearing/spacer/bearing/thin washer....

Be sure to Loctite the bearings in place..

Ride safe, Ted

Which Loctite? I'm thinking not the usual stuff for threads.  Loctite makes a sleeve retainer, I'm gunna source some of that.

Tyia, Chris
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2018, 02:48:13 am »
Does anyone know if murph changed the kit contents? I ordered the bearing kit and it shipped with my rear wheel hugger! All i got was a small tube of bearings! I dont want to install them just in case it wasnt changed. I emailed a few days ago but havent heard anything. Im not worried because i know they’ll make good on it but just wanted to check.
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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2018, 04:12:06 pm »
No changes; You must have the bearings "and washers"..

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Re: Murph's Ball Bearing Shifter
« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2018, 04:21:14 pm »
I did talk to oscar from murphs. They accidentally sent me the wrong thing! Should have the new kit today!
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